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Name: Mary Couchman

Burial Number: 0280

Gender: Female

Occupation: Housemaid; Lady's Maid; Companion;

Born: 8/8/1848

Died: 11/8/1897

Buried: 14/08/1897

Story

Mary was born in Worthing, the daughter of John and Mary Anne nee Wood. John was the younger brother of William Couchman who is buried at Heene. She was baptised at Broadwater Church on 3rd September 1848. Mary was brought up by her mother’s parents Thomas and Catherine Wood who lived in New Street, Worthing. Thomas was a shoemaker and Catherine a nurse. By 1881, Mary was working as a lady’s maid in the Grundtvig family household in London. They were a wealthy family originally from Denmark. Eventually, Mary became a companion to Frederica one of the daughters, who suffered from epilepsy. By 1891, Frederica was sent to Worthing for her health and Mary went with her. Frederica died on 28th February 1894 and was buried at Heene. Mary moved to “Ellaland” in Downview Road. On 11th August, Mary died at Preston Cottage, Preston, Brighton. Frederica’s brother Charles was Mary’s executor. Probate was granted on 25th August to Charles Frederick Grundtvig Esq. Effects £686 6s 6d.

Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

No headstone image available

Location in Cemetery

Area: NB Row: 10 Plot: 2

Exact Location (what3words): danger.empire.budget

Ashes or Urn: Unknown

Headstone

Description:

Ann Couchman is buried under the headstone for Mary Brittle

Inscription:

In loving memory of Mary Brittle aged 74 yrs died Aug 4th 1928. Also her daughter Mary S.S. Brittle died Sept 24th 1948 "The Lord is my shepherd"

Further Information

Birth

Name: Mary Ann Couchman

Gender: Female

Born: 8/8/1848

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England

Marriage

Maiden Name: Not applicable

No marriage information is available for this burial record.

Information at Death

Date of Death: 11/8/1897

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Preston Cottage

Address line 3: Preston

Town: Brighton

County: Sussex

Country: England

Obituary

No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £686 6 s 6 d

Current value of effects: £53649.00

Census Information

1851

3 New Street Row, Worthing.
Thomas Wood aged 44, shoemaker. Catherine Wood aged 45, cook. Mary Ann Couchman aged 3, grand daughter.

1861

New Street, Worthing.
Thomas Wood aged 54, cordwainer. Catherine Wood aged 55, nurse. Mary Ann Couchman aged 12, grand daughter.

1871

Anchor Lane, Worthing.
Harriet Paton aged 84, widow, annuitant. Thomas Wood aged 64, cordwainer. Catherine Wood aged 65, housekeeper. Mary Ann Couchman aged 22, housemaid.

1881

St Olaf’s, Streatham.
Mary aged 31, lady’s maid in the household of Isabella Grundtvig, widow and family.

1891

Teville House, Downview Road, Worthing.
Mary aged 42, companion to Frederica Louisa Grundtvig aged 32 (daughter of Isabella Grundtvig). Plus a cook and housemaid.

Miscellaneous Information

Note: Mary was the daughter of John Couchman who was the younger brother of William Couchman. She was brought up by John’s parents-in-law. John Couchman and his wife brought up their other children in Broadwater.